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11 Common iPad Problems & How to Fix Them

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 23:44

11 Common iPad Problems & How to Fix Them is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple’s iOS 8.1 update was released to fix lingering iOS 8.0 problems and iOS 8.0.2 issues on the iPad. However, there’s a good chance that Apple’s latest iOS 8 update will deliver some problems of its own. With that in mind, we take a look at some of the most common iPad problems and offer some potential fixes for them.

On September 17th, Apple released its iOS 8.0 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. As expected, the iOS 8 update delivered a number of big time changes including improvements to the Photos app, iMessage, battery usage, accessibility, and more. In addition to these new features, iOS 8.0 also delivered iOS 8 problems.

In response to these problems, Apple’s released three more iOS 8 updates in iOS 8.0.1, iOS 8.0.2, and today’s massive iOS 8.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 8.1 delivers a laundry list of fixes and there’s a very good chance that it will fix some of the problems that iPad users have been complaining about since mid-September. There’s also a good chance that iOS 8.1 will deliver some problems of its own. In fact, it already has.

Apple’s incremental iOS updates are notorious for delivering crucial bug fixes for iOS problems. However, they’re also known for bringing problems of their own. While major updates like iOS 8 and iOS 7 typically bring out the most bugs, smaller updates like iOS x.1 updates have also been known to cause problems for iPad users.

iOS 8.1 is destined to solve some problems but Apple’s discussion forums are already filled with complaints about Apple’s latest iOS update. With that in mind, we want to share 10 iPad problems that we’ve heard about or seen ourselves and offer 11 potential fixes, some temporary, to those iPad users in need.

How to Fix iPad Battery Life Problems

One issue that typically surfaces after every iOS update is abnormal battery drain. iPhone and iPad owners of all shapes and sizes consistently complain about the negative impact that iOS updates have on their battery life and iOS 8 unfortunately has not escaped their wrath. iPad users haven’t been as vocal as iPhone users but that doesn’t mean that users aren’t having issues.

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iOS 8.1 could help turn battery life around but it could also present new problems. Unless there is a widespread issue, and there doesn’t appear to be, Apple typically doesn’t react. What this means is that iOS 8 users will likely need to rely on temporary fixes. There’s a very good chance that the battery drain on the iPad isn’t being caused by iOS 8. Third-party apps have a way of wrecking havoc after iOS updates.

There are a number of things that iPad owners can try if the iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad Air, iPad mini, or iPad mini 2 starts experiencing heavy battery drain after the upgrade to iOS 8.1. While there are a ton of things that people recommend, we think there are several key fixes that iPad users should try.

These fixes range from small settings tweaks to changes in daily overall use. All of them have the potential to fix bad iOS 8 battery life and we highly recommend looking at them before performing a hard reset on the iPad.

How to Fix iPad Wi-Fi Issues

Apple’s iOS Wi-Fi issues date back several years and the company’s yet to roll out a cure all fix. It probably never will. iPhone and iPad users have complained about a wide variety of issues from grayed out Wi-Fi to unstable connections. And while iOS 8.1 comes with at least one Wi-Fi fix, there’s a good chance that Wi-Fi issues will persist.

There is no guaranteed fix for iPad Wi-Fi issues but there are a few things that users can try before performing a factory reset, replacing a router, or taking the iPhone down to an Apple Store. These fixes have been passed down from the iOS 6 and iOS 7 updates and they’ve worked for numerous iPhone and iPad users in the past.

The first thing iPad users will want to do is reset network settings. This is an extremely easy process though it could take a couple of minutes to complete. iPad users will want to set aside some time to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. To do this, open up the iPad and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Users will need the passcode and again, a few minutes of time because the phone is going to reboot itself to complete the changes. Those performing this fix will also want to track down commonly used Wi-Fi passwords because this process will force users to enter them.

If that doesn’t fix things, users can also try turning off Wi-Fi Networking. To do that, head to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services. After performing these two steps, iPad owners will want to reboot the phone. Once it’s rebooted, there’s a chance that Wi-Fi will be functioning normally again on the device.

How to Fix iPad Bluetooth Problems

iOS 8 Bluetooth problems are among the most common iOS issues and they were a big problem inside iOS 8. We ourselves have run into iOS 8 Bluetooth issues with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and while iOS 8.1 delivers fixes for Bluetooth issues, we expect Bluetooth problems to persist inside Apple’s brand new iOS 8 update.

There doesn’t appear to be a cure all, we’ve heard about a few possible fixes that iPad users will want to try. iOS users have singled out “Reset All Settings” as a solid fix. It hasn’t worked for everyone but there are a ton of people that are claiming success after trying it on their iPhone. It should work for Apple’s iPad as well.

To do this, open up the iPad and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. This is going to take a bit of time and users will lose all saved settings but the pay off is that it seems to be fixing Bluetooth issues for many people. It’s certainly worth a try if Bluetooth keeps acting up after Apple’s iOS 8.1 upgrade.

How to Fix iPad App Issues

We’ve been getting a lot of complaints about applications crashing and freezing in iOS 8. iPad users haven’t been as vocal as iPhone users but that doesn’t mean that app problems don’t exist.

Apple’s not going to be fixing these issues and it’s going to be up to third-party developers to take care of any random problems. This means that fixes, permanent ones, could take awhile. Fortunately, there are a few things that iPad users can try to make the app experience far more stable after iOS 8.1′s arrival today.

First, make sure applications on the iPad are updated. App updates with support for iOS 8 have been trickling out since launch. Many iPad users are horrible about updating apps and that’s a habit that can, and should, be broken immediately.

Those iPad users who are forgetful or lazy will want to turn on automatic App Store updates because it will keep apps automatically updated and ensure that they are always on the latest version with the latest bug fixes. To do that, head into Settings > iTunes & App Store > Toggle Updates on.

How to Improve Performance on iPad

Our iOS 8.1 experience on the iPad has been up and down so far and we imagine that we’re not the only ones. Those that notice a drop in performance have a few things that they can try should performance take a hit in iOS 8.1.

There are some ways to speed up the performance on the iPad should it get a little choppy. We’ve outlined a number of different strategies including reducing animations and pretty effects, resetting settings, or restoring back to factory settings. These fixes are for the iPhone 4s but they will help with all versions of the iPad as well.

IOS 8.1 performance on the iPad 3 is better.

Keep in mind, there is no cure all for performance issues on the iPad or Apple’s iPhone. If nothing works, users will want to try these before performing a factory reset.

How to Fix iPad iMessage Problems

We’ve been running into a number of iMessage problems on the iPad for several years now. iOS 8.1 appears to have fixed an unread iMessage problem, a problem that we ourselves were experiencing, but there’s always a chance that other iMessage issues could crop up. For instance, we’ve seen some messages pop up days after being sent and iOS 8.1 doesn’t contain a fix for that.

There are some fixes that are worth trying, fixes that have actually helped to alleviate our own iMessage problems in the past. The first thing to try is toggling iMessage off and on. If that doesn’t work, try rebooting the tablet. If neither of those work, it’s time to reset the device’s network settings.

To do that, head into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. The iPad will reboot, and while the stored Wi-Fi networks will be lost, reentering a Wi-Fi password is a small price to pay for working iMessages.

How to Fix iPad AirDrop Issues

AirDrop is a quick way to share files across devices. It’s also a feature that’s been troublesome for some users in the past. We ourselves have encountered AirDrop problems inside iOS 8.1 though we were able to solve them with a simple solution.

iPad users experiencing issues with AirDrop, including the inability to send files or discover users, will simply want to try toggling AirDrop to Everyone. To do that, pull up Control Center from the bottom of the screen and change the setting from Off or Contacts Only to Everyone. With this setting turned on, we were able to share files across all devices using iOS 8.1.

How to Fix iPad Random Reboots

We’ve heard about occasional random reboots on the iPad after the arrival of iOS 8. And while we haven’t seen the problem on the iPad in iOS 8.1, there’s a chance that these issues could pop up again in the future.

The only permanent cure is going to be an iOS update and iOS 8.1 isn’t guaranteed to fix things. Fortunately, after years of dealing with these issues, we have some tips to try and minimize this extremely random issue. These fixes helped when we saw them in iOS 7 last year and they have helped to tone them down in iOS 8.

First, try restarting the iPad. This helped us when we encountered random reboots on the iPad in iOS 7. We also recommend performing a reset on all settings. To do that, Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. It also might be worth it to uninstall recent apps if the problems just started. If nothing helps, iPad users will simply have to wait for iOS 8.1.1 or whatever is next.

How to Fix iPad Keyboard Lag

We’ve encountered the occasional keyboard lag on the iPad when shooting off an email or iMessage. Fortunately, there are a few things iPad users can try to solve these problems should they pop up during email or messaging.

First, try turning off Documents & Data in iCloud. To do this, Settings > iCloud > Documents & Data. If everything returns to normal, it should be okay to flip that back on. If that doesn’t work, try resetting all settings. To do that, General > Reset > Reset All Settings. Again, like all these fixes, it’s not guaranteed to work.

How to Fix iPad Cellular Data Issues

We’ve been getting complaints about cellular data issues on iPhones and iPads running iOs 8. Slow connections, no connections and other random problems have plagued some iPad and iPhone users in the days since its release.

To try and fix these, first try restarting the iPad. This has worked for us in the past. If that simply fix doesn’t work, try toggling cellular data on and off. This also has had a positive effect on our connectivity. To do that, Cellular > Cellular Data > Toggle Off.

Finally, if none of that works, try flipping Airplane Mode on, waiting 30 seconds, and then flipping it off. This, like the other fixes, has worked to dislodge cellular data issues.

How to Fix iPad Problems If Nothing Else Works

If none of this works and Apple’s discussion forums aren’t helping, we have two recommendations. First, take the iPhone or iPad to a Genius Bar at the local Apple Store. They’ll help diagnose the problem, if they can.

Those that can’t or don’t want to go that route will want to consider performing a factory reset. Factory resets will wipe the iPad clean though it has worked wonders for devices in the past.

To do that choose Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Again, this will wipe everything from the iPhone or iPad, so make a back up before doing this, even though we recommend not installing from a restore. Setting all of this up will be extremely consuming, but it may be the fastest way to fix bad iPad problems.

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11 Common iPad Problems & How to Fix Them is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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HTC Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Plans Detailed

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 23:43

HTC Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Plans Detailed is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Last week HTC confirmed many of its popular and most recent Android smartphones would receive an update to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and now we’ve received additional details regarding when those may actually arrive for users.

Last week Google announced three new products and the all-new Android 5.0 Lollipop. Previously called the Android L release, and it will be available to consumers first on the new HTC Nexus 9 tablet beginning November 3rd. However, those with many smartphones, including the HTC One or One M8 are probably wondering when their phones will receive the latest software.

Read: HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update Begins

The Android L release was first announced in June as an update to the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat, a version of Android that HTC had yet to even release on its smartphones, but now they’re up to speed and promising quick updates within 90 days of Android 5.0 Lollipops release date. And some of those may actually arrive faster than the 90 day window detailed last week.

HTC’s initial announcement confirmed many key devices from this year, and from 2013, will all see updates to Android 5.0 Lollipop within 90 days. Of course those include the flagship HTC One and HTC One M8, but many were surprised to see the HTC One Mini and a few others on the list.

However, those aren’t the only phones HTC plan to update to the latest and greatest, and now one more source reportedly has a more detailed timeline for eager users.

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Popular HTC developer LlabTooFer over on Twitter posted some detailed HTC Android 5.0 Lollipop update information. According to him and his sources the HTC One M7 and One M8 from 2014 are the two devices first on the list. Google Play Edition devices are looking like a late November release, with regular HTC One M7 and M8 owners targeted for January or February. This falls inside the 90 day window mentioned earlier by HTC.

It’s worth noting that this is just HTC’s plans, and they may change based on future Android 5.0 Lollipop updates, and vary by region, and especially by carrier in the United States.

The HTC Desire EYE, HTC One Dual Sim, HTC One E8, HTC Butterfly 2 any many other smartphones outside of the US aren’t quite as urgent, but can look forward to seeing the same Sense based Android 5.0 update arrive anytime between January and March. Meaning, it isn’t a priority, but they’ll still try and get this out to owners as quickly as possible.

Then last but not least some older or less popular devices like the HTC One Mini 2, Desire 816 will get it around March, and phones like the original HTC One Mini and HTC One Max from last year are being targeted for a release around March-May. That leaves a lot to be desired for potential users, and hopefully better timetables and more details arrive sooner rather than later.

As expected, flagship devices will see updates first, and these are basically listed in order of release date and popularity, with devices like the HTC One Max set to be last on the list. This means Verizon HTC One Max owners could be in for a long wait before Android 5.0 Lollipop arrives on your device.

We’ll update once we learn more, or as HTC shares additional update plans and dates.

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HTC Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Plans Detailed is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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DROID Turbo Images Emerge as Release Date Nears

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 21:23

DROID Turbo Images Emerge as Release Date Nears is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Earlier this year Motorola released a new Moto X for 2014, the Moto X, and even a Moto E smartphone, but that isn’t all the company has planned. A new smartphone for Verizon is coming soon, known as the DROID Turbo.

As if we didn’t know everything about the upcoming Motorola DROID Turbo for Verizon Wireless already, another set of pictures have leaked today ahead of the unveiling which is set to be late next week.

Read: 7 Nexus 6 Features You’ll Love

Rumors and leaks have hinted at a new smartphone coming soon for Verizon Wireless called the Motorola DROID Turbo, and after the entire user manual revealed all the key features last week, today more official photos have leaked, painting a clear picture ahead of the October 28th announcement date.

Today the somewhat retired and popular Twitter account @evleaks revealed another photo showing both colors of the upcoming Motorola smartphone, dubbed the DROID Turbo. This smartphone has been rumored for a few months, and packs some of the best features we’ve seen inside a smartphone yet in 2014.

Just like the past few years, Verizon Wireless and Motorola have teamed up for a new DROID smartphone, only this year it looks to be the most promising yet. Borrowing features from previous models while improving across the board to be what could be the best smartphone of 2014.

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We’ve seen photos before as the official Verizon @DroidLanding Twitter account accidentally posted photos early, not to mention the entire user manual leaked. That being said, with new leaks starting to arrive through more channels it looks like a release date is quickly approaching.

Read: DROID Turbo Leak Reveals All

Carrying over some of the designs of the previous DROID phones, adding in features from the new Moto X (2014) and topping it off with a stunning screen, camera, and huge battery this phone will pack quite the punch, and last for days. Here’s the full specs, which have been confirmed more than a few times.

DROID Turbo Specs

  • 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD display
  • 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 Quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat (nearly stock)
  • 21 Megapixel Rear and 2.1 front camera setup
  • 4k video recording
  • Front facing speaker
  • 3,900 mAh battery (wireless charging)
  • Turbo Charger Support
  • Water repellent (coating guards against everyday spills and up to 20 minutes in a downpour), scratch resistant
  • More

Most likely Motorola will save a few surprises for the announcement and unveiling of the new phone, but as it stands now it appears that we know everything about it already.

The DROID Turbo has a huge 3,900 mAh battery, supports wireless charging, and using the new Motorola Turbo Charger (in the box) it will get over 8 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes on the charger. This phone will be able to last for days, and juice up in minutes if you’re in a pinch or headed out for the night after a day at work.

If the new Motorola Nexus 6 is too big, and battery life and a stunning camera is something that interests you, the DROID Turbo may be the perfect smartphone this holiday season. Motorola and Verizon will be officially announcing this new phone on October 28th, and we’re hearing it could be released on the same day, or in early November. Stay tuned for more details.

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DROID Turbo Images Emerge as Release Date Nears is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.1 on iPhone 5: Impressions & Performance

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 21:10

iOS 8.1 on iPhone 5: Impressions & Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Today, as promised, Apple has released the iOS 8.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. With the iOS 8.1 release date finally here, we want to take a look at how the iOS 8.1 update is performing on the iPhone 5. This is our early iOS 8.1 on iPhone 5 review.

In late September, just a few weeks after iOS 8.0 came out of the beta program, Apple released iOS 8.1 beta. Apple did not attach a public iOS 8.1 release date to the beta leaving consumers wondering when the update might come out. iPhone and iPad users had put great importance on iOS 8.1 release due to a number of iOS 8.0 issues and iOS 8.0.2 issues on board Apple’s latest update.

Last week, Apple finally announced an iOS 8.1 release date, confirming the update for Monday, October 20th. Today, right on cue, Apple released the iOS 8.1 update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update, as expected is a sizable update that not only includes support for Apple Pay but comes packed with an assortment of tweaks and changes that are meant to improve Apple’s new iOS 8 update.

The iOS 8.1 change log is massive, much larger than your standard incremental upgrade, and it’s an update that iPhone and iPad users are clearly interested in given the problems plaguing iOS 8.0. Problem is, Apple’s iOS updates will often deliver some problems of their own. With that in mind we have decided to, once again, serve as your iOS guinea pig.

Earlier today, we installed Apple’s brand new iOS 8.1 update in an effort to provide iPhone and iPad users with some initial impressions of the iOS 8.1 update. These impressions don’t serve as a final review but they will help those of you who are straddling the fence about whether to install the company’s latest iOS 8 upgrade.

Here are our early impressions of the iOS 8.1 update for iPhone 5.

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While the iOS 8.1 installation process went well on the iPhone 6, I ran into an annoying issue on the iPhone 5. I, like many others, tried to install the iOS 8.1 update immediately after its release. And while I was able to promptly download the iOS 8.1 update for iPhone 5, the overall process took a whole lot longer than I initially thought.

Once the download process is complete and the installation process is ready to begin, the update must be verified. The verification process, which took seconds on the iPhone 6 and iPad Air, took almost 25 minutes on the iPhone 5. It was all a bit nerve wracking given that the power button on my iPhone 5 is not working which means that I can’t perform a hard reset to dislodge the problem.

The update did finally get verified and the installation process took only a few minutes to complete. While I think this was probably a product of Apple’s servers getting slammed after the iOS 8.1 release and not the age of the iPhone 5, you should still put aside some time to update your iPhone 5 to iOS 8.1. There’s no telling what you might encounter during the process.

If you do run into some issues, have a look at our fixes.

iOS 8.1 on iPhone 5 Performance

In the past few hours, I’ve spent a ton of time with iOS 8.1 on iPhone 5. Before getting into the early review and my impressions, I should note that mileage is going to vary from device to device, person to person. That is to say, I probably don’t have the same apps installed and there’s a chance that I use Google Chrome, LTE, or my home screen more than you do. So, consider this a general guide as you try to decide whether iOS 8.1 is worth installing on your aging iPhone 5.

iOS 8.1 Apps

App performance on the iPhone 5 has been fairly good though I’ve experienced some issues with Facebook and Google Chrome. Google Chrome was terrible after the iOS 8.0.2 update though things improved slightly in the buildup to the iOS 8.1 release. Instagram, Netflix, Spotify, Soundcloud, Google Maps, Google Hangouts, Pandora, The Weather Channel App, and YouTube all were performing well before today’s release.

Right now, in the hours after the iOS 8.1 update, my iPhone 5 applications all offer solid performance, even Google Chrome. I haven’t seen a single lock up or freeze and every application on the device has opened properly. If you are experiencing problems right now, try updating your applications. I have auto update turned on so that my apps are always updated and there’s a good chance that a bug fix or iOS 8 compatibility update will help solve your issues.

Now, keep in mind, there’s a chance that performance will decline in the hours, days and weeks after iOS 8.1. App performance has a tendency to do that and I started to see issues crop up with Google Chrome and Facebook in the weeks after installing iOS 8.0.2. Still, it’s worth noting that I haven’t experienced any terrible issues in the hours after iOS 8.1′s arrival.

iOS 8.1 Battery Life

iPhone 5 battery life has stayed consistent after the arrival of the iOS 8 update. It’s not as good as the battery life on my iPhone 6 but it hasn’t declined from the same great battery life that I got inside iOS 7 and below.

I haven’t noticed any abnormal battery drain or any slow charging issues after installing iOS 8.1 and after using a ton of apps and both Wi-Fi and LTE, it’s holding up quite well.

As I’ve noted many times, iOS updates are not supposed to bring battery life problems to iPhones or iPads. Typically, bad battery life is caused by third-party apps or users themselves. We’ve outlined a number of strategies to get better battery life inside iOS 8 and the same advice applies to Apple’s latest iOS 8.1 update. Have a look at those before writing iOS 8.1 off or performing a factory restore on your iPhone 5.

iOS 8.1 Wi-Fi, Cellular Data & Bluetooth

All three of these, Wi-Fi, cellular data and Bluetooth, have presented problems in iOS 8.0 and iOS 8.0.2. I myself have not experienced any issues with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (including the car) or cellular data on AT&T though I know these have been problematic for some iPhone 5 users inside iOS 8. Several of my colleagues have experienced these same issues though they’ve been limited to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

iOS 8.1 comes with fixes for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth though given that I was not experiencing any issues before iOS 8.1, I can’t tell you if they fix anything. What I can tell you is that all three are performing nicely with iOS 8.1 on board. Wi-Fi and LTE are both extremely fast and I haven’t been unable to connect to my Bluetooth devices with iOS 8.1 aboard.

Should iOS 8.1 fail to fix your problems, we advise you to take a look at these potential fixes. They might dislodge your issues though as is the case with all iOS fixes, they may not work for you all.

iOS 8.1 Bugs & Issues

In iOS 8.0.2, I ran into two very noticeable, very annoying issues that had an impact on my daily use. The first, the device’s inability to always transition out of landscape mode. While the issue wasn’t as frequent as it was on the iPhone 6, the iPhone 5 would still occasionally get stuck in landscape when trying to shift back to portrait. The other was a well documented issue wherein text messages would show up as new, even after I’d already them. Both issues were small but annoying.

I’m happy to report that both bugs appear to have been resolved. I’m also happy to say that I haven’t run into any debilitating bugs after installing iOS 8.1. Bugs typically don’t jump out at me for a few days as I comb through the dark reaches of Apple’s new software so there’s a good chance that iOS 8.1 isn’t bug free. For the moment though, the update appears to be very stable, more stable than iOS 8.0.2.

If you’re struggling, have a look at our fixes for common iPhone 5 problems. They might help.

iOS 8.1 Speed

iOS 7.1.2 was fast on my iPhone 5. And while I didn’t notice any significant slow down after iOS 8.0 and iOS 8.0.2, I have noticed occasional choppiness which is frustrating given how well iOS 7.1.2 performed on the aging flagship.

Unfortunately, I’ve run into this same problem with iOS 8.1, even after using my own tips to improve iPhone 5 performance. The operating system has already stuttered multiple times. It hasn’t completely locked up on me yet but the experience has been fairly slow. I was beginning to notice a decline in performance before iOS 8.1 and the update has seemingly done nothing to improve it.

My hope is that the performance here irons out in the days and weeks after the installation though given the iPhone 5′s age, there’s a chance that I’ll have to deal with this kind of performance moving forward.

Should You Install iOS 8.1?

In my few hours with iOS 8.1 on iPhone 5, I’ve had a pretty good experience. Connectivity is fast, battery life is still good and apps are working well. On top of that, Apple appears to have fixed two nagging bugs that were hampering my overall iOS experience. If you’re dealing with serious problems on either iOS 8.0 or iOS 8.0.2, it’s probably going to be worth taking a chance on it. The iOS 8.1 update is full of bug fixes that could potentially settle your iOS 8 problems.

On the flip side, iOS 8.1 isn’t as fast as iOS 7.1.2 was. So, if you’re having a stable experience inside iOS 7.1.2 or below, you might want to hold off for a few days as I, and other brave iPhone 5 users, comb through the iOS 8.1 update in search of reasons not to install it. iOS updates have a habit of becoming unstable in the days and weeks after their release and it’s still too early to tell if that will apply to iOS 8.1.

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iOS 8.1 on iPhone 5: Impressions & Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Set Up Handoff in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 15:10

How to Set Up Handoff in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple first announced iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite earlier over the summer in June during the company’s annual WWDC developers conference, and a new feature called Handoff allows users to seamlessly integrate a Mac and an iPhone or iPad in order to start work on one device and finish it on another. Here’s how to set it up.

Handoff is one of the big features that Apple touted with OS X Yosemite, and while it might not be useful for everyone, we can see it being a huge hit with a majority of Apple users.

iOS 8 came with support for Handoff right when it released back in September, but considering that OS X Yosemite didn’t officially release to the public until last week, iOS 8 users are just now being able to use Handoff.

Essentially, the feature should be enabled by default on both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, but to double check (or make sure that the feature is on), you can check out this quick guide that will show you how to set it up and begin using it.

Setting Up Handoff

The first thing you’ll want to do when setting up Handoff is enabling the feature on your Mac running OS X Yosemite. Unfortunately not all Macs can support Handoff, as it requires Bluetooth 4.0 LE. Most Macs made in 2011 and older don’t have Bluetooth 4.0, but to see if your Mac is compatible, click on the Apple logo in the upper-right corner of the screen and then click About this Mac. From there, click on System Report and click on Bluetooth in the sidebar. Look at the LMP Version, which needs to be 0×6 for Handoff to work on your Mac.

If that’s what it says on your Mac, then you’re good to go. Follow along with the rest of the guide to continue the setup of Handoff.

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The first step in setting up Handoff is enabling it on your Mac. Follow these quick steps:

  • Open up System Preferences.
  • Click on Bluetooth and turn it on if it isn’t already.
  • Now go back to the main System Preferences page and click on General.
  • Checkmark the box that says Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud Devices.

Handoff is now enabled on your Mac, and you’ll need to keep Bluetooth on in order to continue using it.

Next, we’ll enable Handoff on your iOS 8 device.

  • Open up the Settings app and tap on Wi-Fi. Go ahead and make sure that it’s on and connected to the same WiFi network as your Mac.
  • Go back and tap on Bluetooth. Turn it on.
  • Go back and navigate to General > Handoff & Suggested Apps, and turn on Handoff.

You should be all set to go and there’s no need to pair your MacBook and iPhone or iPad together. They ultimately just need to be on the same WiFi network and both devices need to be logged into the same iCloud account.

How to Use Handoff

Currently, Handoff only works with a handful of Apple-built apps and some third-party apps, but we imagine the list of supported apps will grow over time.

Handoff actually works automatically for the most part, and all it takes it one click or tap to finish working on something on a different device.

To switch to your Mac when viewing something on your iPhone or iPad, an added dock icon will appear and clicking on this will bring up any activity that you were doing on your iPhone. In this case, we were viewing a website in Safari on our iPhone when a Chrome dock icon popped up on your MacBook to let us know we could take over on the Mac. OS X Yosemite will use the default web browser that’s set on your Mac when this happens.

To switch to your iPhone or iPad from your Mac, you’ll see a small icon in the lower-right corner of your iOS lock screen with that app that you have open on your Mac. Just swipe up on that icon to begin working on your iOS 8 device.

 

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How to Set Up Handoff in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Microsoft Apple Watch Rival To Have A Secret Weapon?

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:23

Microsoft Apple Watch Rival To Have A Secret Weapon? is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

New reports indicate that Microsoft is preparing to launch a fitness band or smart watch of its own to compete with devices running Android Wear and Apple’s Apple Watch. We don’t know much about the features that’ll be available but one thing seems certain, Microsoft knows that it is behind in the wearable space and is preparing software that makes its Apple Watch rival compatible with the iPhone, devices running Android and its own Windows Phone operating system.

A new report focusing on the Microsoft smartwatch at The Verge yesterday indicates that Microsoft is preparing to share information about the device within weeks. That post builds on top of a report from Forbes discussing the Microsoft smartwatch too.

The Apple Watch will only work with Apple-made smartphones.

As for features outside of cross-platform compatibility that much seems to be in the air. The Verge’s report refers to the device as a “fitness band with smartwatch features.” As such it’ll be able to do all the standard things that the first-generation of wearables like Nike+ and FitBit do today. Tracking steps, monitoring heart rate and giving users a look at how many calories they’ve burned seems are all said to be features included in the Microsoft smartwatch. By focusing on fitness, Microsoft could be hoping to build on features users actually care about today and then expand the smartwatch over time to include other key features.

Read: Microsoft Surface Smartwatch Details Show iWatch Competitor

Cross-platform compatibility is a key feature because no one else has it. Apple unveiled the Apple Watch this past September. It’ll come in multiple versions so that users can get one that best fits their arm. The wrist bands will be interchangeable and it’ll run a customized version iOS that will allow it to talk to the company’s line of iPhones. The Apple Watch won’t be compatible with phones running Microsoft or Google’s software. Similarly, the Android Wear operating system that runs on devices like the Moto 360 aren’t best with the iPhone and aren’t compatible with Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system at all.

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By adding this layer of compatibility and not tying its smartwatch its smartphone platform like the Apple Watch is, Microsoft is hoping that it can cast a wider net and harness sales from just about anyone. Like the Apple Watch, these reports indicate that Microsoft’s device has removable wrist bands and tons of sensors that monitor user’s health.

The key bit of information we’re still missing here is how the Microsoft smartwatch fits in with Microsoft’s family of products. That much remains unclear. By introducing apps for each smartphone platform, Microsoft is once again giving users little reason to pick up a Windows Phone over its rivals. We don’t yet know if this device will run Microsoft’s Windows operating system or something entirely different. When Microsoft first announced Windows 10 it indicated that the operating system would work across devices. Today, there isn’t a single device running Windows 10, it’s not due out until next year sometime.

If Microsoft does have an upcoming wearable tablet it hasn’t exactly started putting its plans in motion just yet. Typically, when the company is planning to launch a new device it sends out invitations to the press. As no invitations have turned up we can conclude that the company doesn’t have plans to share information about an Apple Watch rival in the next few weeks. Of course, it’s always possible that Microsoft could just announce the device on its website without a typical event.

Whatever Microsoft decides, the company should move quickly if it hopes to get in relatively early on wearables. Samsung has been in the space for some time along with Sony. Android Wear smartwatches may have just arrived, but some of them are picking up a loyal following, like the Moto 360 for example. Failure to launch now could mean Microsoft is stuck with a generation one device at time when everyone has already perfected their own devices. The Surface 2 and Zune media players both suffered from this problem.

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Microsoft Apple Watch Rival To Have A Secret Weapon? is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Turn Off Twist to Camera on the Moto X 2014

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:40

How to Turn Off Twist to Camera on the Moto X 2014 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

The days of carrying around a smartphone with a mediocre camera that doesn’t offer flash are almost behind us. Smartphones like the Moto X 2014 are meant to be point-and-shoot camera replacements. As such, they feature everything that a person who is into taking photos and recording memories might need.

The Moto X 2014 has a rear-facing 13 megapixel camera that allows users to take pictures at full-range or in widescreen in 9.7 megapixels. The device also includes a dual LED flash that’s shaped in a ring around the camera sensor to help pictures that use flash come out a bit softer and lighter. One thing that the Moto X 2014 doesn’t have that every camera replacement should have is an actual camera button.

Read: Moto X 2014 Review

In most phones – mainly Microsoft’s Lumia Windows Phones – a dedicated camera button allows users to unlock their device and instantly go to the camera app. No passwords or pin code is needed. In place of this functionality The Moto X 2014 doesn’t have that. Instead, users can simply hold their Moto X 2014 in their hand and twist their wrist to open the camera app.

It’s a wonderful feature, one that every smartphone without a camera button should definitely have, but what if you want to turn it off because you don’t want your friends or family taking pictures with your Moto X 2014?

Here’s how to turn off twist to camera on the Moto X 2014. Before we begin, be sure you actually want to get rid Twist to Camera. There are times when you’ll want to quickly access your camera features. Not being able to do so could mean you miss out on recording a special memory or recording video of a once-in-a-lifetime event.

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First, you’ll need to unlock your phone. Press the power button on your device. Input your Pin code or pattern.

Welcome to the home screen on your Moto X 2014. There are a few different ways to turn off what Motorola calls quick capture, but the easiest and most direct way into to open the app Motorola has moved all of its custom settings to. This app is called Moto and is installed on every single Moto X 2014 Motorola sells. Look for the Moto app on your home screen. Chances are that it’s there if you haven’t made a lot of changes yet. Open it if you find it.

If the Moto app isn’t on your home screen, as in our case you’ll need to dive into the app drawer by tapping the circular button in the center at the bottom of your screen.

Swipe from left to right until you find the Moto app, then tap on it. In our example it’s the brightly colored circle right next to Netflix in the top-right corner.

Tap the cog in the top-right corner of your screen.

Twist to Camera is actually called Quick Capture and its part of a system Motorola now calls Moto Actions. Tap on Actions to option the Moto Actions settings. The Moto app also holds settings for Moto Display – the system that surfaces notifications when the Moto X is asleep – Moto Assist and Moto Voice.

Tap Twist for Quick Capture.

When you enter the settings for Twist for Quick Capture, the first thing you’ll notice is a tutorial of how Twist for Quick Capture to work. Don’t be afraid to try it you haven’t used Twist for Quick capture before. It’s very useful. If you still don’t like Twist for Quick Capture, tap the Twist for Quick Capture checkbox.

That’s it. You’ve turned Quick Capture off completely. Now when you twist your Moto X 2014 in your hand, it shouldn’t bypass the lock screen and take you directly to the camera app.

To be clear, this only kills the Quick Capture feature that Motorola added on top of Moto X 2014. Google actually includes another option for Quick Capture option from the lock screen. This one also bypasses the lock screen in favor of letting users quickly take photos that they might miss otherwise. Evening disabling lock screen widgets doesn’t allow users to turn this option off – at least it doesn’t in the Google Now Experience launcher that comes built in on the Moto X 2014. Presumably, the only way to actually get rid of this functionality entirely is to replace the lock screen on your Moto X 2014.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to customize this Moto X 2014 Moto Actions system so that you can assign other apps to the camera Quick Capture gesture.

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How to Turn Off Twist to Camera on the Moto X 2014 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ad: Spacey, Tech, Gameplay

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 18:32

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ad: Spacey, Tech, Gameplay is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

A new Kevin Spacey Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare ad delivers 60 seconds of gameplay and action during football games this week, building excitement for the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release date in early November.

In this new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare ad we see Kevin Spacey welcome gamers to “Advanced Warfare,” with action filled scenes of soldiers, Spacey , bombs, drones, jets, jet packs and interactive surroundings. With as much screen time as he gets you might think this is Call of Duty Kevin Spacey, but it’s actually Advanced Warfare.

Call of Duty: Kevin Spacey? Nope. It’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

The new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare ad skips out early, but you still find a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare pre-order on Amazon or Best Buy for release day delivery and with early access so you can play the new Call of Duty game a full day early. There are also digital Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare pre-order options available already.

Watch the new Kevin Spacey Call of Duty ad below, for an extended look at the new Call of Duty gameplay.

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Gamers will see this new ad repeatedly during football games and primetime TV for the next month as SledgeHammer games builds the hype for the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release date on November 4th. Despite increased competition from TitanFall and GTA 5 as well as other budding franchises in 2013 and a busy release schedule in November it looks like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare plans to retake its crown.

The new Call of Duty 2014 release earns the tagline Advanced Warfare thanks to the new technology that gamers can use throughout their missions. In the new Call of Duty gamers control Jack Mitchell who operates in a world where Atlas is in control led by Jonathan Irons (Kevin Spacey) as a super power for hire.

A new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare ad highlights gameplay and advanced weapons.

Gamers aren’t robots, but they do gain a powerful exoskeleton that adds strength and capabilities like jumping higher and using a jet pack when you need to go even further. This is just the start of technology available to soldiers in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Smart grenades go right where you want them, shields protect you from the enemy, directed energy weapons add new options and drones become part of gameplay.

The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video below highlights the many new weapons and technology at your disposal. Gamers can customize their character and weapons using Supply Drops. Players can level up with Supply Drops with upgrades for weapons and exoskeletons as well as other upgrades. This does not replace XP, it is only an extra way to upgrade your character. You will find Supply Drops in the game and on specially marked Mountain Dew.

Gamers who pre-order Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare through participating retailers can unlock the Day Zero edition which includes a day of early access and special weapons. There are also many Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare special editions available for gamers who want bonus items.

We saw one Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare deal drop the price to $35, but it is no longer available. Best Buy offers a $10 discount on the game to users who pre-order the game. Best Buy also plans a midnight Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release date event.

Gamers who buy a digital Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release on Xbox 360 or PS3 can count on a free upgrade to the PS4 or Xbox One version, as long as they stay on the same console family.

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PS4 Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Details:


Call of Duty Advanced Warfare is one of the top PS4 games to buy in 2014 not only becuase it is a new Call of Duty game, but because it is ready for a PS4 lacking fun shooters. 

Yest it arrives into a fall filled with Destiny, but Killzone didn't live up to the excitement and there is no Titanfall for PS4. 

Instead gamers get this Kevin Spacey filled Call of Duty Advanced Warfare release that delivers a super soldier with smart weapons and access to technology like never before including drones and hoverbikes. 

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Gameplay Video

 

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ad: Spacey, Tech, Gameplay is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Make Phone Calls with Hangouts Dialer on a Nexus 7

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 14:18

How to Make Phone Calls with Hangouts Dialer on a Nexus 7 is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

Recent updates to the Google Hangouts app and a newly introduced Google Hangouts Dialer app makes it possible to turn an Android tablet like the Google Nexus 7 into a phone. This works over Wi-Fi or on LTE versions of the tablet. Using Google Hangouts and the new Hangouts Dialer app on a Nexus 7 could potentially save hundreds of dollars a year by letting owners cancel their cell phone service. Even if a user must pay an early termination fee to cancel their subscription before their two-year contract ends, the monthly savings will cover that cost within a few months.

 

This guide shows users how to ditch their expensive cell phone service by turning a Google Nexus 7 into a phone. Any tablet will work so long as the owner can get on the Internet either via Wi-Fi or LTE. So, owners of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 2014 Edition, or either of Dell’s Venue 7 or Venue 8 tablets could take advantage of this service to dump AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile or whichever cell company they use.

Hardware Needed to Make Calls with Hangouts Dialer

First, users need a good a tablet. Grab a nice tablet like the Google Nexus 7. It’s small, light and runs great. Some of us can even slide it into a pocket to carry it around unobtrusively.

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Second, get a good Bluetooth headset or decent set of earbuds or headphones with a mic built-in. Without this, everyone will hear all of the your calls, resulting in no privacy and annoying people nearby.

Grab the Hangouts and Hangouts Dialer Apps

Now, install Hangouts and Hangouts Dialer, if they’re not already loaded on the Nexus 7 or other tablet.

The Hangouts app lets users communicate with one another.

The Nexus 7 comes with Google Hangouts installed by default. The app lets users send and receive messages to other Hangouts users. It also can take over the instant messaging function on smartphones. Users can chat live via text and even chat over video with friends, family or colleagues.

Here’s the new dialer screen in Google Hangouts available after installing Hangouts Dialer.

The Hangouts Dialer app adds phone functions to the Google Hangouts app. With the dialer app installed, a new tab shows up in Hangouts that looks like a tiny phone number pad on the right side of the top row in the Hangouts app.

Finally, before moving on, make sure that your Google account has Google Voice set up. Go to voice.google.com and follow the on-screen instructions for setting up a new number, if it’s not already.

Make a Hangouts Dialer Phone Call

To make a call, do one of a few things after opening the Hangouts app. At the top notice the three buttons. The first on the left shows a list of contacts. Either search for the contact by typing their name, or scroll down the list. Tap the contact to open a chat sessions with that contact.

In the upper right corner of the chat session, notice three icons. The left icon starts a video hangout. The middle icon starts a phone call and right menu icon opens the drop down menu list. Use one of the first two for either a video or audio conversation.

Since we’re using the Nexus 7 as a phone, we’ll focus on the second item, which starts a phone call using a Google Voice account. Tap on the phone icon and it starts the call screen and dials the number of the contact. Once the person answers the call, begin speaking as if on a phone.

The Hangouts Dialer call screen inside Google Hangouts.

Users can also start a call by tapping the phone number pad icon on the right side at the top of the Hangouts app when opening Google Hangouts. Again, search for a contact in the search box at the top or tap the contact name of a recent conversation listed. The recent call list is empty the first time a user opens the Hangouts app after installing the dialer app.

To call someone who’s not already in the contacts list or the recent call list, tap the number pad icon at the bottom of the screen and dial the number manually. Hit the big phone icon below the number pad to make the call. Start talking once the recipient answers.

 

 

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How to Make Phone Calls with Hangouts Dialer on a Nexus 7 is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

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5 Best Microsoft Surface Games

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 12:29

5 Best Microsoft Surface Games is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

When they debuted in 2012, Microsoft’s Surface and Surface Pro 2 devices were hailed as contraptions. Though many acknowledged that there might be a market for a device that shared the features of both a laptop and a tablet, few concluded that Microsoft had managed to mix these devices into something normal users would consider purchasing. Coming almost three years after that initial reveal, the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 3 are more than just contraptions. They’re the best Surfaces, and arguably the best Windows 2-in-1’s money can buy.

Sure the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 3 make great laptop and tablet replacements for the most part, but what they don’t get credit for is also being pretty decent gaming machines. The hardware inside the Surface 2 doesn’t allow users to install games from outside the Windows Store, but that’s ok because the games that are available in the Windows Store are pretty robust. The Surface Pro 3 does allow users to install apps outside of the Windows Store.

Here are 5 of the best Surface Games available in the Windows Store in no particular order.

Halo: Spartan Assault

Early this week Microsoft revealed Halo: Spartan Strike, a new top-down shooter that sends players after Covenant alien forces. That game wouldn’t have been possible without the first Halo game to be available on a smartphone: Halo: Spartan Assault.

Halo: Spartan Assault is a top-down shooter too. With an assortment of weapons and abilities, users are tasked with decimating Alien forces. Microsoft added new weekly challenges for users to compete in and weapons and armor abilities allow for some small character customization. Halo: Spartan Assault was a prequel, a way for those who’d purchased Halo 4 to get some background on what happened before that game. Players are able to earn XP for inclusion in Halo 4.

Halo: Spartan Assault is available for $4.99 in the Windows Store. In addition to allowing users to earn Xbox Live achievements, purchasing this version of the game also unlocks a version for Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system. That’s the software that Nokia’s smartphones run.

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Halo: Spartan Assault can be played with or without a wired Xbox controller.

[ Download Halo Spartan Assault for $4.99 From the Windows Store ]

Asphalt Overdrive

If games like Mario Kart and Crash Bandicoot showed us what a fun character driven arcade racer can be, Asphalt has shown us that racing games on a smartphone or tablet can be fun too, despite a lack of physical controls.

Asphalt Overdrive is the first Asphalt racing game to stray away from core racing mechanics. Players still acquire new cars, but the whole point is to actually acquire new vehicles and then use them to get away from the cops as quickly as possible. Everything has an 80’s theme too, giving you the impression that you’re trapped in a version of Magnum P.I. or something

In addition to escaping from the police there are other mission types from trying not to hit things and pulling off stunts successfully. Users who feel comfortable connecting Asphalt Overdrive to their Facebook accounts can compare their achievements with their friends. The game also has a built-in event system for one-off events to get extras.

Asphalt Overdrive is completely free on Surface devices. That being said, there are some in-game purchases.

[ Download Asphalt Overdrive Free From the Windows Store ]

Modern Combat 5: Blackout

Modern Combat 5 effectively hopes that users will appreciate being first-person shooting mechanics, leaderboards, and skill points on devices that just have touchscreens. They will, but I think the real reason users pick up Modern Combat in droves is because of the game’s graphics. They’re simply impressive for anything not running on a living room console. It also doesn’t hurt that the game is absolutely stuffed full of different options and add-ons. For example, players can create their own squads to battle each other. That is impressive considering multiplayer is still not something we’re seeing a lot of in mobile and tablet games these days.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout is $6.99 on Surface devices. It doesn’t include Xbox Live Achievements, but does unlock a companion version for Windows Phone devices.

[ Download Modern Combat 5: Black Out From the Windows Store for $6.99 ]

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

What can one say about the Grand Theft Auto franchise that hasn’t already been said? These games are the poster child for immersive worlds and satire in gaming. For many, they’re the only open-world games worth playing.

Late last year Rockstar Games confirmed that in addition to releasing GTA 5, it’d be bringing Grand Theft Auto San Andreas to tablets and smartphones.

In addition to better graphics, users can expect a new camera system that gives them better controls. Surface users play as CJ, a kid who served jail time and is now trying to prove that he did not commit the crime the police say he did. $6.99 gets Surface users Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Touch and Xbox controller support are included.

[ Download Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas from the Windows Store for $6.99 ]

Ilomilo Plus

Finally, Ilomilo Plus combines great graphics and a great puzzle experience. In the game users pull, push and jump over different cubes to reach their partner. There’s a single player story, but there’s also a cooperative player mode for users who like teaming up with their friends.

Ilomilo includes online leader boards too and there’s Xbox Live Achievements.

[ Download Ilomilo Plus from the Windows Store for $6.99 ]

 Have fun playing these games on your Surface 2 or Surface Pro 3.

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5 Best Microsoft Surface Games is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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5 Reasons to Update on iOS 8.1 Release Day

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 17:23

5 Reasons to Update on iOS 8.1 Release Day is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iOS 8.1 release date for iPhone and iPad is confirmed for October 20th and it’s coming to deliver Apple Pay, Camera Roll, and a number of fixes for iOS 8.0.2 problems. With the iOS 8.1 release date at hand, we want to take a look at some reasons why iPhone and iPad owners might want to think about installing the iOS 8.1 update as soon as it comes out.

In late September, just a few weeks after iOS 8.0 came out of the beta program, Apple released iOS 8.1 beta. Apple did not attach a public iOS 8.1 release date associated with the beta, leaving consumers wondering when the update might come out. iPhone and iPad users put great importance on iOS 8.1 due to a number of iOS 8.0 issues and iOS 8.0.2 issues.

Fortunately, iPhone and iPad users struggling with iOS 8 problems now have their answer. At its media event yesterday, the company detailed a number of new products including the OS X Yosemite release and iOS 8.1 for iPhone and iPad. As expected, the company confirmed an iOS 8.1 release date for next week, which means that the company’s iOS 8.1 beta will be extremely short lived.

iOS 8.1 isn’t as big as iOS 8.0 but it’s going to deliver a number of big time changes including Apple’s new mobile commerce service, Apple Pay, and a host of unnamed bug fixes for iOS 8.0 problems.

There’s reason to be excited about the iOS 8.1 release date and there are several reasons to consider installing on its first day of availability, which again, is October 20th. Here, we take a look at some reasons why you iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users might want to think about installing the update when Monday’s iOS 8.1 release date arrives.

You’re Running iOS 8.1 Beta

If you are running iOS 8.1 beta, we highly recommend moving up to the public release of the software, if only to get the upgrade out of the way.

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Those of you lingering on an older version of the iOS 8 beta would be wise to move to the public release Monday because it should bring added stability to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You’re already on Apple’s new iOS 8 update so there’s no sense in sticking around the beta. Get the installation process over with and get off of beta software.

You’re Dealing With iOS 8 Problems

In the weeks since the initial iOS 8 update, we’ve detailed the numerous iOS 8.0 and iOS 8.0.2 problems plaguing iPhone and iPad users all over the world. iOS 8 includes everything from landscape issues to debilitating Bluetooth problems inside the car. And while iOS 8.1 may not fix everything, there’s a good chance that it will come with a host of bug fixes on board.

We still don’t have the public change log for the iOS 8.1 update but we know, thanks to the betas, that the iOS 8.1 update should be full of bug fixes for iOS 8 problems.

Of course, there’s always a chance that the iOS 8 update will fix issues that it doesn’t list in its change log as well so if you’re experiencing problems with iOS 8.02 or below and can’t find a temporary or permanent fix to your solution, it’s probably worth giving iOS 8.1 a shot in an effort to try and solve what’s hampering your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

If You Need a Performance Boost

We’ve also detailed the performance issues that are plaguing owners of older devices like the iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, and iPad 2. New software updates tend to cause problems on older devices and we’re seeing users complain about a myriad of performance issues across all devices, not just Apple’s aging former flagships.

In the buildup to the iOS 8.1 release date, we’ve detailed a number of ways to improve performance on the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 but if those don’t work, it might be worth upgrading to iOS 8.1.

Apple’s iOS x.1 updates have a tendency to bring a boost in performance to older devices. And while it may not be listed on the change log, there’s a chance that an install on day one will bring you some changes to the overall speed and fluidity of the software. iOS 7.1 worked miracles for iPhone and iPad users last year and while iOS 8.1 may not have the same impact, it should offer some improvements over iOS 8.0.2 and iOS 8.

If you’re on an older device and you’re experiencing significant slow down, you’re going to want to consider installing the update on its first day of availability.

If You Want Apple Pay

If you own an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5s and you want to use the devices like a mobile wallet, you’ll probably want to install iOS 8.1 immediately because the update is going to allow you to use Apple’s new Apple Pay service.

Apple Pay is the company’s new mobile commerce program and it will allow iPhone users to pay for goods and services with the iPhone. While the service for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s is limited, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users that use a compatible bank will be able to tie their phone to their account to pay for items when out shopping.

Apple announced that a ton of new retail chains will be launching support for Apple Pay, including Starbucks, Target, StubHub, Office Depot, Radio Shack, and a handful of clothing stores like Aeropostale, American Eagle, and Anthropologie. The company’s Apple Pay landing page has added added 16 additional retailers to the list of stores that will support Apple Pay, as well as 12 additional apps that plan to accept Apple Pay starting on Monday or at some point afterward.

The feature has a ton of potential and iOS 8.1 will be the key to unlocking it.

If You Want Camera Roll Back

With iOS 8, Apple stripped iOS of the popular Camera Roll feature. Fortunately, Apple listened to customer feed back and has decided to bring the feature back inside iOS 8.1.

Camera Roll used to sit inside the camera app and provide an easy and effective way to access photos. With iOS 8, Apple delivered a new organizational system that did not feature the commonly used feature. This rightfully drew the ire of iPhone and iPad users from all over the world and the pressure pushed Apple to bring the feature back.

If you miss Camera Roll and you want it back, you’d be wise to install the iOS 8.1 update on Monday because it’s going to return the feature to you. If you’re like us, you used this feature a ton without even knowing it and Apple should be praised for listening to its customers in bringing back one of iOS’ key components.

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5 Reasons to Update on iOS 8.1 Release Day is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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5 Awesome Apple iPhone 6 Plus Photography Accessories

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 17:05

5 Awesome Apple iPhone 6 Plus Photography Accessories is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera upgrade introduced an improved camera with optical image stabilization and focus pixels, a technology that promises faster auto-focusing. We talked about how the phone can potentially replace a point-and-shoot cameras.

The Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera works exceptionally well with nothing more than the phone and a good subject. However, these five accessories will add to the shooting experience and help the Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera take even better shots that will hang on a wall or sit on a desk.

Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand XL

The Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand XL combines two excellent tools in one for only $30. First, the mount clamps onto the iPhone 6 Plus and holds it in place on top of a tiny tripod with a traditional screw on tripod mount. The spring-loaded clamp widens enough to fit the larger size of the iPhone 6 Plus. The company’s first GripTight will fit the phone without a case and sort of fits with a case, but not easily. The new XL version, however, does fit on the iPhone 6 Plus, even with a case, without issue. It fits any phone measuring 2.7″-3.9″ or 69-99mm.

The GorillaPod tripod acts like a miniature tripod, holding the phone up at just under six inches high. The tripod legs look like a collection of many mini balljoints. They are connected in a way so that each balljoint bends, so the overall leg can wrap around poles, door knobs, on top of fences or anything that the legs can grab hold of.

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The bottom of the legs come with strong magnets so the stand can grab the side of a metal cabinet, fence or vehicle. This gives the phone owner a lot of options for holding their iPhone 6 Plus camera at multiple angles for interesting shots.

The tripod comes in five colors and two sizes. The XL fits the iPhone 6 Plus, while the regular version fits smaller phones.

Luxi For All Diffuser

Put the white dome over the front facing camera of any iPhone, including the iPhone 6 Plus camera, to get a light reading with the companion app.

Photographers will often carry a light meter to help expose better shots. They hold the meter up in front of their subject to find out what settings the photographer should use on their camera.

The Luxi For All ($21.95 pre-order available this month) light meter comes with a dome over the front facing camera. The companion app reads the light and gives the user the best options for using the iPhone 6 Plus camera’s manual controls with an app like Manual Camera, which lets users control things like…

  • Shutter
  • ISO
  • White Balance
  • Focus
  • Exposure Compensation

The Manual Camera app controls advanced photography features of the iPhone 6 Plus camera like shutter speed and exposure compensation.

The app, plus the Luxi For All accessory, makes a great light meter for regular camera photography as well.

Olloclip for iPhone 6 Plus Coming Soon

Here’s the 4-in-1 Olloclip on an iPhone 5s.

The Olloclip makes every list of great iPhone camera accessories, including our most wanted iPhone 6 accessories list. The Olloclip fits over the iPhone camera and adds various lenses to the camera, depending on which version a buyer gets. Their 4-in-1 version includes…

  • Fish-eye – extreme wide-angle shots with a rounded look (see the slideshow below)
  • Wide-angle – great for getting a large part of the scene in the shot without moving back too far
  • 10x macro – great for extremely close up shots of small objects, insects or flowers
  • 15x macro - same as 1ox only closer

The Olloclip telephoto zoom lens on an iPhone 5s.

Here’s a slide show with examples of the four kinds of images iPhone 6 Plus photographers can get with the Olloclip once it gets released.

Click to view slideshow.

The company doesn’t now sell a version for the iPhone 6 Plus, but they plan one soon and offer a sign-up page to get notified when the iPhone 6 version becomes available. The earlier version costs $70 for the iPhone 5/5s or 4/4s. They also sell a zoom lens for $100 for the older iPhones. We hope to see one for the iPhone 6 Plus a well.

Mudder Mini LED Light for iPhone and Other Smartphones

The built-in flash on the iPhone 6 Plus camera works okay, but getting a second flash like the Mudder Mini LED Light ($20 on Amazon) adds more light with a softer and more natural look. The user turns on the flash with a control on the flash itself. It stays on till the person switches it off. The flash mounts in one of two ways. There’s a mount that fits into the phone’s headphone jack. Another one will grab hold of the corner of the phone and the flash rests on top of the phone. The headphone mount looks like it is the most reliable.

The flash fits in a pocket and the user can carry it around with them easily. It helps with taking better shots in low light or when the setting requires fill flash like backlit situations. As you can see from the images below, the photo with the Mudder on the right looks better with more natural looking light.

Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small All-in-one Printer

We printed this photo using Epson Creative Print and the Epson Expressions Premium XP-820.

Most iPhone photos likely get shared online via Facebook, a photo sharing service like Flickr or 500px, or directly with friends via SMS. However, the new iPhone 6 Plus Camera takes good enough shots that many will still want to print them. That’s why users should consider a great photo printer like this Epson “small-in-one

We picked the Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small All-in-one Printer because, first, it’s a great photo printer. Epson makes really nice consumer level photo printers. Second, this one fits in a home office too with fax, scan and copy features added to the printing function. It prints on plain paper, photo paper, small sizes like 3×5 or 4×6 and postcards as well as printable CDs or DVDs.

The printer comes with two trays, one for larger paper and another for smaller photo paper or post cards, so the user can load up the photo paper tray and print snapshots without changing the regular paper.

Epson ships a few photo printing apps for the iPhone. Epson iPrint works like a printer driver for the iPhone. Print from other apps using the share feature. But the easiest way to use it is by printing photos on the iPhone Photos storage, which the app can use. Epson Creative Print does the same thing but focuses on creative printing projects and will get access to photos from Facebook as well as on the phone. The app prints to any kind of paper that the person loads into their printer.

The Epson Expression Premium XP-820 costs only $150 direct from Epson. Standard ink replacements cost $13 each and $48 for a multi-color pack. High-yield ink cartridges cost a little more. It prints with five cartridges including plain black, cyan, magenta, yellow and photo black. Buyers can get high-yield ink for a little more. See our full review at Notebooks.com.

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5 Awesome Apple iPhone 6 Plus Photography Accessories is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

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7 Reasons Not to Update on iOS 8.1 Release Day

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 14:19

7 Reasons Not to Update on iOS 8.1 Release Day is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iOS 8.1 release date for iPhone and iPad is confirmed for October 20th and it’s coming to deliver Apple Pay, Camera Roll, and a number of improvements for iOS 8.0.2 problems. With the iOS 8.1 release date at hand, we want to take a look at some reasons why iPhone and iPad owners might want to think about skipping Apple’s brand new iOS 8.1 update on Monday.

In late September, just a few weeks after iOS 8.0 came out of the beta program, Apple released iOS 8.1 beta. Apple did not attach a public iOS 8.1 release date associated with the beta, leaving consumers wondering when the update might come out. iPhone and iPad users put great importance on iOS 8.1 due to a number of iOS 8.0 issues and iOS 8.0.2 issues.

Fortunately, iPhone and iPad users struggling with iOS 8 problems now have their answer. At its media event yesterday, the company detailed a number of new products including the OS X Yosemite release and iOS 8.1 for iPhone and iPad. As expected, the company confirmed an iOS 8.1 release date for next week, which means that the company’s iOS 8.1 beta will be extremely short lived.

OS 8.1 won’t be as big as iOS 8.0 but it’s going to deliver a number of big time changes including Apple’s new mobile commerce service, Apple Pay, and a host of unnamed bug fixes for iOS 8.0 problems.

There’s reason to be excited about the iOS 8.1 release date but there’s also plenty of reason to hold off. Here, we take a look at some reasons why you iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users might want to think about holding out when Monday’s iOS 8.1 release date arrives.

If You’re Jailbroken

If you are toting a jailbroken iPhone or iPad on iOS 7, you’re going to want to avoid the iOS 8.1 update. If you do update, you will lose your jailbreak, plain and simple.

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Work starts on an iOS 8 jailbreak release, but don’t expect fast progress.

While iOS 8.1 will bring some enticing features to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, there are still some great reasons to remain jailbroken for the time being. Access to Cydia applications, full on customization, you name it. If you update, you’ll lose access to that.

It’s still not clear when developers will release an iOS 8 jailbreak for iPhone and iPad but there’s a good chance that a release is weeks if not months away. Specifics remain in the shadows and it’s possible that they’ll remain that way for the foreseeable future.

You Don’t Want to Deal with Bugs

iOS 8.1 is going to come with a laundry list of bug fixes aimed at squashing iOS 8.0.2 problems and iOS 8.0 problems. And while it will almost certainly come with fixes, there’s a very good chance that it will deliver some problems of its own.

iOS updates, like all software updates, have a tendency to wreck havoc on some devices. Wi-Fi issues, battery drain, general sluggishness, and more are typical symptoms. Apple does extensive testing before releasing its x.1 updates but that doesn’t mean that the iOS 8.1 beta is going to eliminate every single problem on board.

If you are experiencing stability inside iOS 8.0.2 or below, it might be worth holding out on day one so that you can get the lay of the land. Apple tends to roll out bug fixers within a few weeks of the initial x.1 release so we could see an iOS 8.1 bug fix update land sometime before the end of the year. Apple doesn’t force you to install on day one so there’s no reason to rush into it.

If You Have Critical Apps

Many of you use applications to get through the school day or workday. And while developers have started updating their applications for compatibility with iOS 8, there’s always a chance that iOS 8.1′s arrival could present some new problems. And it’s these problems that could interfere with whatever you have planned on Monday.

If you are going to be reliant on apps throughout the day for work flow or something else, it’s going to be best to hold off on installing iOS 8.1 until support arrives or when reviews indicate that the coast is clear. Most third-party applications should be fine but it’s not worth the risk if you’re doing something extremely important for work or for school.

Avoid iOS 8 Installation Problems

We almost always see installation issues arise on iOS release dates. These are either due to Apple server issues or due to other errors that pop up during the installation process. While we may not see the chaos that we saw with the iOS 8.0 update last month, there’s a very good chance that errors will pop up during the iOS 8.1 release day.

Those of you that don’t want to deal with the nonsense that sometimes accompanies the installation process on iOS release day should just remain patient. iOS 8.1 isn’t going anywhere and you’ll be able to install it on Tuesday, Wednesday and any other day moving forward. There’s no rush and avoiding these potential issues is a very good reason to hold off on installing Monday.

If You’re Traveling

Those of you who are traveling may want to hold off on installing iOS 8.1 on the iPad or iPhone because there could be issues that affect files on board. This is particularly troublesome for travelers who haven’t backed up their data. If something were to go wrong, not having easy access to a personal computer could make things extremely difficult.

If you are not at home, we highly recommend waiting until you’re back. iOS 8.1 isn’t going anywhere and it will be waiting for you when you get back. In fact, depending on how long you’re gone for, you might actually encounter an iOS 8.1 bug fix update instead of iOS 8.1. Imagine that.

If You’re Unprepared

If you aren’t prepared for the iOS 8.1 release date, do not install the iOS 8.1 update tomorrow. If you haven’t had time to back up your data, clean up your device, get iTunes upgraded, or research iOS 8 itself, you will want to think about holding off until all of that is done.

Lucky for you, we’ve developed an iOS 8 preparedness plan for those of you that don’t know where to start. This will get you prepared for Monday’s release but again, there’s no reason to rush into things. Take your time, make sure you’re prepared, and your transition from iOS 8.0.2 or below will be so much smoother. Trust us.

If You’re Using an iPhone & iPad for Work

In the past, we’ve seen iOS updates cause problems for people using their iPhone or iPad for work. We’ve seen Exchange issues occur with iOS updates and we’ve seen folks run into battery life issues with their work phone on days when problems are unacceptable.

So, those who are using an iPhone as a work phone may want to hold off until iOS 8.1 bugs can be established and until a company gives the go-ahead to install the software, something that may not necessarily come on day one.

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7 Reasons Not to Update on iOS 8.1 Release Day is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Android 5.0 on Nexus 5: First Impressions and Performance

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 23:00

Android 5.0 on Nexus 5: First Impressions and Performance is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Earlier this week Google announced and fully revealed the new Android 5.0 Lollipop software update for Android to replace the aging Android 4.4 KitKat which debuted in November of 2013. The first device to run Google’s new OS is the Nexus 9 which will be released on November 3rd, but today a developer preview of the final Android 5.0 Lollipop release was made available to select few.

Those with the Nexus 5 or 2013 WiFi Nexus 7 and are willing to flash some software, are able to get the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop Developer Preview today. Naturally we’ve flashed the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update to our own Nexus 5, and have a lot to say about it.

Read: Nexus 5 vs Nexus 6: What Buyers Need to Know

Google first revealed a small sample of Android L back in June at its annual developer event, and we got some hands-on time with that release too, but today is nearly the final version of Android that will hit multiple devices in early November. Over the past few hours we’ve spent some time with the final Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the first time, and have a few thoughts regarding our initial impressions, and device performance on the Nexus 5.

We’ve only been enjoying the latest Android 5.0 release for a few hours since Google released the system images for developers this morning, but with more than half a day of usage, we already have found plenty to love about Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Before we start talking about some of the features, new functions, look and feel and more you’ll want to start by checking out the Android 5.0 Lollipop announcement post, as we go over most of the new features there.

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Read: How to Install Android 5.0 Lollipop Right Now

Installing Android 5.0 Lollipop

First up was the installation, which was simple and only took a few minutes. For the millions of Android users getting Android 5.0 Lollipop will come by the way of a software update delivered by your carrier and manufacturer of choice. Whether that be Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, or even Google.

However, for me I simply flashed the stock Android 5.0 Lollipop system image and completely wiped out my Nexus 5. Users won’t have to do this, but we chose to do so for a clean slate, and because that’s the only thing available for now. Official Android 5.0 updates aren’t rolling out until later this month or early November. More details on installing it on your Nexus 5 or 7 now can be found from the link above.

Android 5.0 Performance

Before we highlight some of the features we’ve been enjoying, we want to talk about performance. Android 5.0 Lollipop is buttery smooth, even with all the new animations and effects you’ll notice. Everything has been slightly tweaked, but with Android 4.4 KitKat the software was optimized to run on the most low-end smartphones around.

This means things are even better with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Running on a powerful quad-core processor on my Nexus 5 is just amazingly fast, fluid, and smooth. From opening apps, thumbing through my gallery, or changing settings, everything is pretty smooth. We have no complaints thus far. After the first boot things needed a moment to settle after doing a complete restore from my Galaxy S5, but overall this just flies.

Being able to access notifications right from the lockscreen in a neat and simple card style layout is nice, and working with them from the notification pulldown bar has been great too. Overall it’s really hard to explain until you try it, but it’s just so smooth and fluid.

Everything is noticeable as you touch it. A big part of Android 5.0 is visual feedback. There’s animations as you open apps or swipe through cards and notifications, and tapping any of the buttons anywhere you get a visual response. Not just a popup, but a slow animating circle goes outward. You know you’ve tapped something, it’s easy to recognize, and long-taps will show these animations even more.

For a neat little trick, long press any notification in the notification pulldown bar. you’ll get a beautiful animation and the notification changes to show the app it came from, and will even give you quick access to that apps settings. Meaning you can interact with notifications, head directly into the app, or change settings all from one place without ever heading to system settings. It’s a nice touch.

Tap & Go Restore

In previous versions of Android you could sort of backup and restore information from previous devices, all handled through your Google account. With Android 5.0 one tap (via NFC) from an old device will instantly restore EVERYTHING from that device to your new Android 5.0 smartphone or tablet. We did it from the Galaxy S5 to the Nexus 5, and it worked flawlessly and was so easy users will be amazed. We’ll have a full video and more details on that this weekend.

Alternatively during setup you can choose to restore from a current device with Tap & Go, or select one of many devices (if you have more than one) in the next screen. Rather than just restoring everything, Google now lets you choose. Then of course you can start fresh and enter email information and download new apps all manually if you’d like. However, the Tap & Go restore was wonderful, and probably the best thing I’ve seen yet.

Multitasking

Multi-tasking has been overhauled, and the recent apps menu looks completely different with large and easy to see cards. Going from one app to the other only takes a moment, and as expected, there’s a neat new animation as you go from Gmail to YouTube, or from your messenger apps to Facebook, and more.

One thing we noticed is the Google Search Bar is now in the multitasking menu. Basically it’s everywhere, persistent across nearly all screens, and the hands-free “Ok Google” voice command works nearly everywhere now.

Recently opened apps are in a neat stack of cards and can easily be opened, or you can slide them away to close that app and kill whatever you were doing. It’s nothing new, but just looks different. All these animations look nice, and are extremely fluid. We noticed after a reboot the recent apps were saved, which is odd, but makes it so you won’t lose everything if you happen to reboot your phone real quick. Not sure the point of that, but it should come in handy for many users.

Notification Bar

Notifications and the notification bar is completely different. It’s now a greenish color, centered, and one drag brings up useful information info like the time, date, connectivity, and your notifications. Pull down again though, and a neat turning while sliding at the same time animation beautifully and smoothly shows you even more.

This is the full pulldown list where you’ll get quick brightness toggles, quick settings, and access to the settings menu, as well as your user profile. Speaking of which, phones now have multiple users accounts. Guest or kids mode can be accessed from this second pulldown menu.

We mentioned the long press of notifications above, which brings a neat animation and more details about each individual notification, but there’s also one more thing you’ll all be happy to hear about. The return of the “clear all” button. One tap clears all notifications. This was missing in the Android L preview, and we’re glad to have it back. I had about 25 sports notifications I had to clear one at a time, but now that won’t be a problem. It’s the 3 off-centered lines on the bottom right of the notification bar photo above.

Notifications can be interacted with from the lockscreen, expandable like always, and slide away with ease if you’d like to ignore one. Speaking of ignore, Android 5.0 has a new “do not disturb” mode where you can silence notifications. To make it even better, you can shut off notifications completely, or customize them so only important ones (likes friends or family) come through. This is a completely customizable aspect of notifications we’ve wanted for a long time, and is now finally here.

Not only that, but you can have all notifications come through, but not interrupt what you’re doing on the screen. They’ll just be in the pulldown bar, but not popup and distract you from viewing an email. This is all changeable in settings.

The app tray no longer takes up the entire display when opened, and has a white background, and everything is very easy to see and use. Long press will let you slide to uninstall an app, or add it to a home screen should you like.

The dots on bottom still show how many pages of apps are available, and I have five, meaning I have way too many apps installed on this smartphone. The automatic Tap & Go restore took a good 25 minutes to download app my apps, games, game saves and more. It did however, do it all automatically and I didn’t have to do a single thing but wait. Thanks Google!

Google Now

Google Now is still present and one of my favorite features on Android to date. It’s a swipe to the left where you’ll get weather alerts, stock info, email details on items shipping, flight confirmations and much more. I also have sports setup in Google Now. So I know BYU is about to Play Reno Nevada on Saturday, and my Packers will be beating up on the Panthers for Sunday football.

Google Now isn’t any different in terms of function, but the cards have been redesigned to match the new Material Design look and feel of Android 5.0 Lollipop. Each card has a big bold colored header, easy to read typography, and of course swipe away with a new animation.

Like before, a long press on the home button, which is now nothing more than a circle (which I don’t like) will bring up Google Now. The Google Search Bar is present everywhere on the phone, even in multi-tasking, so you’re just one tap or voice command away for searching Google for navigation, sending a text, getting movie times, and everything else we’ve learned to love about Google Search and Google Now.

So far my only real complaint is the on-screen navigation buttons. The odd back, circle for home, and square aren’t the prettiest, and are smaller than when we saw a preview of Android L back in June. I’d rather have the old home button than a circle, but users should know what it all means and navigate through the UI with ease. This won’t be an issue on Samsung devices, as they don’t use on-screen keys.

Apps

Android 5.0 is using a new Android Runtime called ART, which makes apps be encoded and compiled to run on a mobile device once they’ve been installed, rather than the Davlik JIT way it was done before. This is quite technical, but in previous versions of Android the OS and phone had to compile and prepare each app “Just in time” as you launch them, turn code into a working app, then launch the app.

With ART it’s all done when it is installed, then saved, and apps now all load quicker than ever before. It isn’t a huge difference, but apps open extremely quick, the animation as they take up the full screen is fluid and smooth, and overall we’ve had zero issues. Most apps are compatible with ART with no changes, and the few that aren’t have been updated since ART was announced as a test feature in Android 4.4 KitKat last year.

So far I’ve not experienced a single problem, issue, crashing app, or any lag since flashing Android 5.0 earlier this morning. It’s safe to assume most developers will have no issues getting apps to run smooth and quickly on Android 5.0 Lollipop once it arrives later this year.

Battery Life

Google has focused on improving battery life in Android a lot the past three major releases. With Android Jelly Bean, KitKat, and now Lollipop. Google promised huge increases of battery life with Android 4.4 KitKat, and the same for Android 5.0. ART makes apps not need to compile on each and every launch, saving precious battery life, and the new multi-tasking system should technically help in that regard too.

We can’t honestly or responsibly comment on battery life after just a half a day of usage, but so far our initial impressions are rather favorable. I’m sitting at 84% and my phones been on for about 5 hours straight. It’s worth nothing I’m using WiFi only, and don’t expect miracles, but all devices should see an increase in performance, usage, and battery life once Android 5.0 Lollipop arrives for each device.

Like some other devices, stock Android now has a “Battery saver” mode that can be enabled in the settings > battery section. Hit menu and there’s a new option to kill off things like vibrations, background data (for emails and sync) and other things to save battery life.

This will extend your battery for hours in a pinch, but once you enable it the top and bottom have an odd orange glow. We guess that’s to remind you that you’re in battery saver mode, and the device will have limited functionality. Thankfully it automatically turns off once you plug in the device to charge it, which is nice.

Final Thoughts

We’ve only touched the surface of what’s new, how Android 5.0 looks and feels, and everything they’ve changed so far with the few things outlined above. Android 5.0 Lollipop represents a major change to Android as a whole, and we’ll need a lot more time than half a day to dig through it.

Expect a detailed hands-on video with tons of the features coming in the near future, and a full Android 5.0 Review to quickly follow.

What we can tell you, now though, is that Android 5.0 Lollipop is a significant update that many will love. Yes there’s some odd design changes and technically wasted space, but it’s clean, simply, beautiful, full of animation and life, and runs extremely smooth. Adding all these little animations and lively features while also improving performance across the board probably wasn’t easy, but was well executed by Google. Will be adding more details, videos, features, and thoughts over the weekend.

Now go and pre-order the Nexus 9. It’s the first device that will ship with Android 5.0 on board.

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Android 5.0 on Nexus 5: First Impressions and Performance is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Don’t Avoid Upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 21:26

Don’t Avoid Upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

It doesn’t matter how great Windows 8 could have been, there were always going to be a large number of users who didn’t like the operating system. They’d have held out on upgrading their machines to the last moment and searched  the internet looking for a copy of Windows 7 that they could install on their machine. Lately, I’ve noticed the same phenomenon happening with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Due to how much it changed things, there’s always a lot of people asking for advice about Windows 8. More recently though the conversation has turned to how to avoid downloading Windows 8.1 entirely. It’s understandable, that some would want to stay where they are. After you’ve spent time learning one operating system, it makes sense that you’d like to avoid changing anything else if at all possible. Windows 8.1 is different from past Windows updates though. So different is it that I think it’s a horrible idea to avoid upgrading from Windows to Windows 8.1.

The Start Screen & Charms Bar in Windows 8.1

What Windows 8.1 is and What it Isn’t

Windows 8.1 is a free update that combines new features and all of the security updates that ever made it to Windows 8.

Typically, these things come in separate packages. After a new version of Windows is released, Microsoft makes security updates and feature fixes available through the Windows Update service. Over time the number of patches needed grows and users need an easy way to get them all. New security updates go out every month like clockwork, sometimes more than that if there’s a much-needed fix.

Separately from those updates provided through Windows Update are feature updates. These are what we think of as new versions of Windows. For example, Windows 7 was a big feature update for Windows Vista and so forth.

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Windows 8.1 are both of these things rolled into one. If you’re one of those people who don’t like updates that add new features when you’re already comfortable with what you have, you could refuse to update Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, but you do so at your own peril because of the way Microsoft deploys updates. That’s because of its dual nature.

Windows 8.1 isn’t just a feature upgrade. There are security fixes and changes tucked into it. More importantly, Microsoft is treating the Windows 8.1 update as a stop gap. Windows 8 users can look forward to updates until January 9th, 2018, according to Microsoft. Unfortunately, that’s key because failing to upgrade to Windows 8.1 means you’ll stop getting updates a lot sooner. That’s because new Windows updates use the free Windows 8.1 update as a foundation.

Windows 8.1 Has Features You Should Care About

Security updates are key. Even more important are the very real advantages users get in the Windows 8.1 update. Take it from someone who liked Windows 8, Windows 8.1 is much better than Windows 8 across the board.

The Start in Windows 8 was immature at best. You could pin different apps to the Start Screen, but the Start Screen itself was missing some key features. Start Screen customization was almost non-existent in Windows 8. You could add a background to the Start Screen. Live tiles only came in two sizes and you couldn’t open two Windows Store apps side by side equally  and multitask. All of that is fixed in the Windows 8.1 update.

You can boot directly to the Desktop in Windows 8.1.

Almost every single Windows Store app saw a huge upgrade in Windows 8.1 as well. Xbox Music and Xbox Video aren’t amazing but are better than the versions that came in Windows 8. Bing Search is directly integrated into Windows 8.1. App updates are installed automatically. Files are now synced across devices from OneDrive.

Read: Windows 8.1 Update – Key Feature for Mouse & Keyboard Users 

Say you hate all of this though and you just want to get to your Desktop and get work done. Windows 8.1 makes that easier. Instead of requiring third-party utilities and other stuff, Windows 8.1 adds tons of options for getting the Start Screen, Charms Bar and most other things out of traditional user’s way. You can boot into Windows 8.1 and go directly to the Desktop. You can turn the Live Tiles in the Start Screen off and just get a list of installed apps.

All of this comes without the dangers that traditionally make upgrading Windows a hassle. Windows 8.1 is an update that builds on top of Windows 8. The installation is done through the Windows Store and any files saved on your device remain there. Backwards compatibility is a non-issue thanks to Windows 8.1 being built on the same core as Windows 8. There shouldn’t be a single issue with a Windows Store or Windows Desktop app not working correctly.

Windows updates are typically scary things. I understand that. Don’t try to not upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. You need this free update. It’s a better version of Windows 8 without the risk that typically makes upgrading a pain.

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Don’t Avoid Upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPad Air 2 Deals & Pre-Orders Arrive at Walmart

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 20:31

iPad Air 2 Deals & Pre-Orders Arrive at Walmart is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The first iPad Air 2 deal is available now from Walmart as well as a discount on the iPad mini 3 as the retailer starts taking iPad Air 2 pre-orders in store today and online on Saturday.

Walmart is a go to place for Apple deals, and the retailer confirmed important iPad Air 2 release details including deals, pre-orders and a trade-in bonus.

If you want to save a little on the new iPad Air 2 or the iPad mini 3 you can check out this information from Walmart.

Read: Which iPad Air 2 Color Should I Buy?

Here is what you need to know about the iPad Air 2 release at Walmart and Walmart.com so you can save a bit on your new iPad.

Walmart iPad mini 3 & iPad Air 2 Deals

Walmart isn’t able to cut the price of the new iPads to incredible levels, but there are some iPad mini 3 & iPad Air 2 deals available. The retailer also cuts the price of the original iPad mini.

  • iPad mini – $239
  • iPad mini 3 – $389
  • iPad Air 2 – $489

These iPad mini 3 & iPad Air 2 deals aren’t huge, but if you want one today, $10 is still a nice discount you won’t find at Apple.

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Check out these small iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 deals.

 

You can count on bigger deals and discounts during Black Friday, but that is a month away and filled with lines and craziness you won’t find now.

The other iPad mini 3 & iPad Air 2 deals that Walmart offers is a double trade-in deal on old iPads. The deal doubles the value of an old iPad up to a total of $200. This special runs from October 24th through November 16th.

  • That means you’ll get double your trade-in value if your tablet is worth up to $100.
  • If your tablet is worth between $100 — $199, you will receive $200.
  • If your tablet is worth more than $200, you will receive the amount your tablet is valued at, but not double the trade-in.

You can check the value of your old iPad at the Walmart trade-in website.

Walmart iPad Air 2 Release Details

Important iPad Air 2 release details for Walmart.

The Walmart iPad Air 2 release kicks off with in-store iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 pre-orders today October 17th. Walmart will also start taking iPad Air 2 pre-orders online on Saturday October 18th.

Walmart iPad Air 2 shipments start on Friday October 24th. It’s not clear if this is the official iPad Air 2 release date, but we could see the iPad Air 2 in Apple Stores and potentially on Walmart’s shelves on this date as well.

Read: iPad Air 2 Release Date Breakdown

The new iPad Air 2 features a thinner design and new display technology designed to deliver a better viewing experience. Apple also upgrades the camera to 8MP with new features like burst mode, panorama and slow motion video. The iPad Air also supports Touch ID and Apple Pay and includes a new Apple A8X processor and M8 coprocessor.

The iPad Air 2 is a big upgrade, while the iPad mini 3 is smaller.

Shoppers can find the iPad Air in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models and in WiFi or WiFi + LTE varieties. Walmart may only carry the base models. Apple also finally adds a gold iPad Air 2 color option.

The iPad mini 3 features Touch ID and is now available in gold. There are no other changes from the iPad mini 2 that Apple announced last year.

The iPad Air 2 starts at $499 at Apple ($489 at Walmart) and the iPad mini 3 starts at $399 at Apple ($389 at Walmart). Each storage upgrade is a $100 increase and adding LTE is $130 on top of the price.

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iPad Air 2 Deals & Pre-Orders Arrive at Walmart is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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What Size iPad Air 2 Should You Buy?

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 20:18

What Size iPad Air 2 Should You Buy? is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

After you’ve decided what iPad Air 2 color you want when you go to make your purchase, now you have to decide which storage size to get. What size is best for you and your needs?

The iPad Air 2 is officially available for pre-order on Apple’s website and it’ll launch at some point next week. If you’ve decided that you’re going all-in with the new tablet, you’re next question is most likely which storage size you’ll want to go with. Most veteran Apple users will already know what they want, but if you’re going to be a first-time tablet owner, you might have a hard time deciding.

The iPad Air 2 will come in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB flavors, so before you head down to the Apple Store or order yours online, be sure and know what storage size you’ll want so that you don’t end up with too much storage or too little.

Unlike a lot of Android handsets, the iPad (and even a lot of newer Android tablets) don’t come with expandable storage options, so it’s not as simple as sticking in a microSD card when storage gets low in order to bump it up effortlessly. Instead, you’re stuck with the amount of storage that you buy from the start. With that said, we’re here to help you choose the right iPad Air 2 model for you.

What Takes Up Space?

If you already have an iPad, you can navigate to Settings > General > Usage to see a list of what apps you have and how much space they’re taking up. You can see how much space all of your photos and videos are consuming by looking at Photos & Camera. If you’re on Android, you can head to Settings > Storage.

However, if you don’t have an iPad and have never owned a tablet, here’s a quick breakdown of what you’ll most likely store on your device, and how much space it can potentially take up.

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The operating system itself takes up space on the iPad. Apple doesn’t really tell you how much, but you can easily find out by going into the Usage page in Settings and adding up the storage used and the storage amount that’s free, then subtracting that number from the total space of your iPad (16GB, 32GB, 64GB or 128GB). This number varies depending on what model you have, but it’ll be around a few gigabytes.

Apps

A lot of apps don’t take up much space — usually under 100MB a piece for most, but then again, a lot of apps also store additional data, such as cache, history, etc. This can add another couple hundred megabytes to that.

Plus, if you plan on having a ton of apps on your iPad, the storage required can add up. There are also bigger apps like GarageBand, which can take up almost a gigabyte by itself.

Games

The iPad is a gaming paradise for mobile gamers, so if you’re planning on playing a lot of games while you’re on the go, you might be better off getting a high-capacity iPad to store all of those games.

Mobile games can be one of the biggest culprits of storage hogging. Depending on the game, they can take up anywhere from a couple hundred megabytes, all the way up to several gigabytes. For example, graphic-intensive titles like Real Racing 3 and Infinity Blade III can take up several gigabytes each.

Music

If you’re a music junkie, all of those MP3s can add up, and before you know it, you’ll be out of storage space.

My wife has over 50GB worth of music alone, so if she were to upgrade her iPad, she would mostly go for the 64GB at least. Of course, there are cloud and streaming options like Spotify and Rdio, but that really only works if you’re around WiFi a lot or have an unlimited data plan, which many users don’t have the luxury of using. You can enable offline mode for these apps, but that still takes up precious space, since the music files get downloaded directly to your device.

Movies & TV Shows

Besides games, movies and TV shows can be the next-biggest storage hogs. HD movies alone can take up several gigabytes each. You could go standard definition and save on space, but the iPad’s insane Retina display would make the smaller-res movies look a bit grainy and blotchy, and if you’re a quality nut like I am, you’ll always want your content in high definition.

Again, you could stream through Netflix, but that only really works if you’re on WiFi or have an unlimited data plan.

Photos & Videos

The iPad comes with rear- and front-facing cameras, but taking photos or videos on your iPad is sort of socially unacceptable. Still, people do it, and they end up with a ton of photos and videos on their iPads.

All that can add up, and before you know it, you’ll be begging for more storage space. You could just transfer these photos and videos to your computer in order to free up storage, but most of the time you probably won’t have access to a computer while you’re out and about.

Which Size Is Right for You?

The storage option you choose really just depends on what you’ll use your iPad for, but here’s a quick breakdown of different types of users and what storage size would be adequate for them. Simply just match yourself up to the description that best describes you and you’re set to go.

Luckily, Apple made it a bit easier by getting rid of the 32GB option, providing users with a Goldilocks scenario of three choices to choose from.

16GB – Basic Users, Cloud Advocates, Non-Gamers

The 16GB model of the iPad Air 2 is perfect for those who don’t plan on consuming a lot of media or playing games. It can also be good for those who plan on consuming a lot of media but use the cloud for that instead. Personally, I use the cloud for everything — Netflix for movies and TV shows, Spotify for music, and Dropbox’s instant upload for photos and videos. Because of this, I never get close to filling up my 16GB iOS devices.

64GB — Moderate Users, Entertainment Lovers, Gaming Enthusiasts

Essentially, if you’re anything more than a basic user, you’ll probably want to go ahead and get the 64GB iPad Air 2. You’ll be able to store pretty much everything on your iPad, with maybe an exception for a few things. You probably won’t be able to stuff everything you have on it, especially if you have a large music collection, tons of movies, and a lot of mobile games, but it’ll certainly be enough to keep you busy while on the go.

128GB – Professionals, Media Junkies, Hardcore Gamers

The 128GB model is the highest you can go, and it’s really meant for professionals out in the field, like photographers or IT admins that need to store a ton of information and files. However, it’s also meant for the media junkies of all media junkies. Well, maybe not all media junkies, but if you have a large music collection, you probably won’t be able to store all of your music on your iPad and still have room for other stuff if you were to choose a smaller storage option. Furthermore, if you download a lot of apps and play a lot of games, as well take a lot of photos and videos non-stop, the 128GB version is really the only choice for you.

The Bottom Line

You’ll be paying $100 more for each storage level that you move up, with the 16GB iPad Air 2 starting at $499, the 64GB model costing $599, and the 128GB version priced at $699.

By knowing this, it could make your decision a bit easier as far as what storage size to go with. For example, is it worth $100 knowing that you could fit all of your music on your iPad, as well as all of your mobile games at the same time?

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What Size iPad Air 2 Should You Buy? is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Best OS X Yosemite Features Skip Many Old Macs

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:14

Best OS X Yosemite Features Skip Many Old Macs is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The OS X Yosemite update is available on many Apple notebooks and computers, even those as old as late 2007 — but these old Macs miss out on many of the best OS X Yosemite features like Handoff, Instant Hotspot and AirDrop from Mac to iPhone or iPad.

Apple announced the OS X Yosemite during a special event where the company led with a demonstration of these features on stage, but you need a fairly new Apple computer to use most of these.

We’ll look at what these features are, what Macs support them and other features and details that you should know about OS X Yosemite features on older Macs.

Read: 10 OS X Yosemite Release Date Tips

Apple routinely delivers an update to older devices that includes fewer features. We see it every year with the iPhone and iPad as well as the annual OS X upgrades. This year with more connectivity between the iPhone, iPad and Mac users with a 2011 or older Mac and those with an iPhone 4s miss out on some of the best OS X Yosemite features and iOS 8 features.

Handoff Compatible Macs

Not all OS X Yosemite features work on old Macs.

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Handoff is a feature that lets users quickly jump from the iPhone to the iPad to a Mac to edit the same document without the hassles of emailing it or uploading it to Dropbox or another service. On the iPhone and iPad side you’ll need iOS 8 and a device with a lightning connector, leaving the iPhone 4s out of the loop.

On the Mac end you’ll need one of the following Macs;

  • MacBook Air (2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (2012 or newer)
  • iMac (2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (2012 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)
Instant Hotspot on Old Macs

You’ll also need one of these Macs listed above to use Instant Hotspot. Instant Hotspot shows the iPhone or iPad in your WiFi box with battery life and signal and allows you to join the network without grabbing your phone. You’ll also need the iOS 8.1 update that arrives Monday.

Read: How to Perform a Clean OS X Yosemite Installation

AirDrop from iOS to Mac Compatibility

In OS X Yosemite you can now AirDrop from iPhone or iPad to Mac. This lets you quickly share a file from your iPhone to the Mac without using email or an upload service. It is incredibly convenient for users who routinely need to move files between Mac and iPhone or iPad.

You need one of these Macs to use this feature.

  • MacBook Air (2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (2012 or newer)
  • iMac (2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (2012 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)

You also need an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with a lightning connection and iOS 7 or later for this to work, so there is no support for the iPhone 4s. You can still AirDrop from Mac to Mac on more computers going back to 2008-2010 for some models.

AIrDrop from OS X Yosemite to the iPhone or iPad only works on some Macs.

SMS & Phone Calls on Old Macs

The good news is that it looks like SMS and Phone calls on old Macs will work as long as you are on iOS 8 for phone calls and iOS 8.1 for SMS. There are not compatibility requirements listed by Apple to use these with your Mac running OS X Yosemite.

Other OS X Yosemite Feature Limitations

Apple also includes some other limitations to use OS X Yosemite features like AirPlay Mirroring and Power Nap. These are not new in OS X Yosemite, but they are included and only available on certain Macs.

AirPlay Mirroring allows users to put what is on their display on an Apple TV to use a HDTV or projector as a monitor without the need to connect cables. It works on the following Macs using OS X Yosemite;

  • MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • iMac (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)

Power Nap is another feature that only works on specific Macs on OS X Yosemite. This feature allows the computer to continue getting notifications and syncing while it is sleeping. This includes mail, contacts, notes, Photo Stream, Find My Mac all the time and to perform software updates, backup and more when plugged in and sleeping. This works on the following Macs;

  • MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • iMac (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)

If you installed OS X Yosemite and you cannot get any of these features to work, it may be due to using an old Mac. If this is the case most users will need to wait for an upgrade before they can use these features.

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The biggest change in OS X Yosemite is the new look and design. Similar to the visual upgrade the iPhone and iPad received last year this free OS X update brings a new, but familiar look to your Mac. 

Apple's new look for OS X Yosemite starts with redesigned buttons, windows and elements. You won't be lost when you open Yosemite, but you will notice a cleaner overall design. There are now translucent areas in some apps that show a blurred view of what's behind and the toolbars are now less cluttered and more useful.

Apple also changes the OS X Yosemite dock and system fonts to make OS X Yosemite look better on a Retina display. Notification Center and Spotlight are also new, which we cover in more detail below.  

The OS X Yosemite video above walks through the various changes to OS X Yosemite design. 

 

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Best OS X Yosemite Features Skip Many Old Macs is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Huge PS4 Update 2.0 Bringing Music Player, Share Play & More

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:06

Huge PS4 Update 2.0 Bringing Music Player, Share Play & More is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

PS4 Update 2.0 is a coming software update that’ll add a ton of much-needed features to the Sony’s video game console including custom themes, support for Share Play streaming and music playback from a USB flash drive.

PlayStation’s Scott McCarthy provided PS4 users and potential buyers this holiday season with a preview of what they can expect on the PlayStation Blog earlier this week, though he didn’t share release date details.

For most, the big changes are all going to be in the PS4’s user experience. Today the PS4 software looks the same for everyone. There’s a pretty plain background with tiles that represent all the console’s core functions imposed over top of it. To clean up the interface Sony is cutting back on the amount of games that get shown to users on-screen. Now 15 most used games and apps are shown automatically and there’s a library that sorts through the rest of the games and apps installed on the PS4 in alphabetical order.

For a gaming console, being able to connect players with friends is crucial. It’s Sony’s job to keep players engaged and make it easy for them to find new friends to play their games with. To that end, Sony has added an automatic suggestion system that surfaces gamers users may know in the What’s New section. Being able to watch live broadcasts of others playing their games has become a pretty popular activity in the last year or so and Sony, Microsoft and game developers have used live streams to get the word out about their games. Live From PlayStation now sorts streams between those officially coming from Sony and those of user’s PlayStation Network friends. The PS Vita and PS TV are also getting support for Live From PlayStation in a separate update.

Like other entertainment devices that you interact with a lot, the PS4 needed customization. It wasn’t that the interface the PS4 had wasn’t pleasant, it’s just that users like to customize their technology and make it their own. Following PS4 Update 2.0 users will be able to change the background that they see inside the PS4 home screen. Additionally, Sony has added customization colors. Light blue, green, gold, red, purple, pink and gray are all supported. Sony already said that it had plans to introduce themes that users can download from its PlayStation Network Store. That functionality is also added in PS4 Update 2.0.

Other features included in PS4 Update 2.0 aren’t as flashy but just as crucial. The PlayStation Camera is still a separate accessory that users need to purchase, but Sony is working hard to make that purchase worthwhile. This update includes new voice commands for PS4 and PlayStation Camera owners. A new list of all available commands is available by just saying “All Commands.” “Start Broadcast” and “End Broadcast” now let users stream video game footage without having to leave their game experience.

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Read: PS4 Review From an Xbox 360 & Xbox One Owner

Finally, a crucial change involving flash drives are included in PS4 Update 2.0. Starting with this update, users will be able to load music onto a flash drive and play it on their console while they’re gaming. That’s not as seamless as DLNA media streaming, but it’s a start. Supported file formats include MP3s, MP4s, M4A and 3GP. This is a huge feature for PS4 owners, most of which balked at not being able to listen to music while playing games. To be clear, you could stream music during games, but only if you signed up for Sony’s Music Unlimited streaming service.

Originally, Sony said that users would be able to back up their settings to a flash drive with PS4 Update 2.0. As an update to the original post reveals, that’s not accurate. Presumably, users will get that functionality at some point, but it’s not included in this update.

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Huge PS4 Update 2.0 Bringing Music Player, Share Play & More is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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My Day with Ed Tech Baton

The Tech Savvy Educator - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:05

I’m not much of a “joiner.” I don’t say that with any amount of pride; in fact, I consider it one of my major character flaws. It’s one of the major reasons that you don’t see ADE, GCT, or any other alphabet soup of letters in any of my email signatures or bios. If you happen to know me, and I seem to play well with others, then it’s most likely that I’ve gotten to a place where I feel comfortable being a part of the group.

Being a part of the Ed Tech Baton is one of those groups that feels incredibly comfortable for me. It’s a “community first” collaboration of educators from around the world, focused on sharing great examples of learning with technology, not celebrating individuals. Being one of the founding members of the #michED chat community, this concept speaks to me; there’s currently a wave of educational technology celebrities, rockstars, and “all star groups” rising in prominence, and I feel at times that it over looks the quietly competent educators that I see everyday in the classroom.

The focus on the learning, not the individual, makes the Ed Tech Baton concept fascinatingly simple.

I’m not sure how I stumbled across Ed Tech Baton, but I immediately signed up in an attempt just to uncover the individuals behind it so I could send them an email to say “thanks” for creating such a wonderful opportunity. Even then, they wouldn’t reveal everyone behind the project, so I bought in, signed up, and I’m excited to be “carrying the baton” tomorrow! The concept is simple; Everyone participating gets to “run” for a day, and posts images to a shared Ed Tech Baton Instagram account where others can follow, share, and gather ideas for using technology in the classroom. The images will also be shared out automagically to the Ed Tech Baton Twitter account and their Facebook page. It’s a curated and syndicated stream of people celebrating what’s important to them through a few slices and moments of a single day, with the baton being passed to another member of the community the following day.

I’m excited to share moments from my school district on October 17th, and since I’m not in a classroom of my own, I’ve enlisted the help of many teachers throughout my district. I’ll be updating this post with the images, so I have my own archived day of carrying the baton, but you’re certainly welcome to check out the Instagram account, or go and sign up to carry the baton yourself. The rules are fairly straightforward, and I hope to capture a few playful shots to share.

 

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